The Wildcats stayed close throughout the 1st quarter, but a 7-goal 2nd for Princeton proved to be the end. The Princeton Tigers finished off the Villanova Wildcats 14-6. Princeton's Mike Macdonald lead the field with 4 goals.
The 1st quarter was filled with missed opportunities but good defense. Eric Gartner of the 'Cats came out quick scoring :42 seconds in, however Jake Froccaro and Tucker Shanley of the Tigers would find the back of the net before the quarter ended.
The second quarter was a different story. The 13th ranked Tigers showed why in fact they were one of the top programs in the country. Hunter deButts would score at the 12:13 mark, assisted by Froccaro (he would finish with 3 assists on the day). In the next 2 minutes, Tom Schreiber and Mike MacDonald each added goals of their own. The fast-paced passing lead to such scoring opportunities. Villanova's Eric Gartner broke the scoring drought with an unassisted goal at the 8:27 mark, however the Tigers were just getting started. Froccaro would would add his second goal and MacDonald would net 3 more before we reached halftime. The Wildcats trailed 9-2 at the half.
The cold 'Cats continued their poor play starting the third quarter. On an offsides penalty, Nova would be forced to take a timeout 32 seconds into the quarter in order to stop a potential empty net chance for Princeton. With this, Tim Mulrenan of the Wildcats would assist Devin McNamara's 2nd goal of the season. Once again, however, the Tigers would answer. Kip Orban and Tom Schreiber would add a total of 3 goals before the third quarter ended. A 12-3 deficit is what Nova would bring into the final quarter of play.
Ivy Leaguer Will Rotatori would score for the first time of the night to start out the 4th, but a slash on Princeton would lead to a Villanova goal by John Locascio. Jake Froccaro would complete the hat trick to respond to Locascio's attack. Coming into tonight, Froccaro had 7 points. Tonight, he nearly doubled his season's efforts with 6. Christian Bennardo and Kevin O'Neill would net their own first goals of the game, however it was too little too late.
The Wildcat's next contest is the first conference game of the season: Saturday 3/22 at the Marquette Golden Eagles. Face-Off is at 2:00pm